Parallel Session 5:
Flood and Sediment Disaster Resilience: Shock Absorption, Response and Transformation

Concept note:

River and sediment flooding is impacting many communities worldwide. This is due to significant geographic changes; areas once sparsely populated are now filled with growing cities, exposing new communities to an increased risk of extreme weather events. To avoid catastrophic damage, various countermeasures should be planned and implemented, including forward-looking urban planning (e.g., flood maps, flood plain management), insurance systems, transforming human behavior, analyzing socio economic impact and policy for relocation from vulnerable area. It is also important to foster a culture of preparedness in society. To do so requires disaster risk reduction beyond traditional programs by employing advanced technology such as virtual and augmented reality. Lessons from past critical situations, including ones under the COVID-19 pandemic, should be studied and shared. Effective restoration programs should be developed to support communities recovering from disasters. Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR), such as nature-based solutions and green infrastructure, deserves due attention for its central role in strengthening the coherent implementation of various international frameworks under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Session topics

1) Flood plain management and urban planning

Keywords: lowering risk by increasing resilience, physically resilient structures, urban planning, flood maps, flood plain management, “Build Back Better" in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction, Double embankment, open levee, city relocation, dam using paddy fields

2) Understanding of disaster risks using technology

Keywords: flood maps, culture of preparedness, human behavior, socio economic impact ,relocation planning, community basis practice, understanding of disaster risks, VR/AR, AI technology, lessons from critical situations, evacuation drill

3) Disaster Risk Reduction for flood Risk Management approaches based on ecosystem

Keywords: ecosystems as a buffer against hazards, ecosystems for their livelihoods and resilience, nature-based solution, Eco-DRR, green infrastructure, double embankment, open levee, city relocation, dam using paddy fields